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Last name unknown], Henry
Eleven-page Cowboy Letter from the XSX Ranch Describing a Cattle Round Up
(Silver City, New Mexico), 1899. An 11-page Autograph Letter Signed ("Henry") dated "Wednesday Nov. 15th" to "Dear Mother." Faint old folds from mailing, else very near fine. Written on both sides of five octavo leaves and on a single side of a sixth. The letter describes the roundup of cattle at the XSX Ranch. Henry describes more than a week at the ranch beginning with the details of the round-up, mounted upon his trusty steed named "Twenty-Six," which was owned by the ranch. He describes the painstaking and sometimes repetitious chores which he undertakes with his partner Hodge: on Monday scouring various crags and canons and roping or driving the cattle home to the ranch, and then working the same pastures and areas on successive days for stragglers: "On Tuesday we worked the pasture on the East Fork of the Gila. There were not a great many there not more than 25 or thirty." On Wednesday they work around the ranch, unclogging the water pipe, burning brush, and finally adjourning to the hot springs for a bath. On Thursday he cleans out the chicken house and ".killed time for a while practicing the hula and a way of throwing a rope on Nick the Airedale." On Friday he rode up to Diamond Creek where the "Vt outfit" was camped, removing their cattle, as the Diamond Bar Ranch had recently obtained that land, and where Henry and Hodge helped themselves to stew, beans, and coffee from the wagon: "There were only a couple of men besides the cook there when we arrived but about the time we had finished our bread pudding the cowboys began to arrive. First the horse wrangler came i … [Click Below for Full Description]
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